What are the main trends in the aviation sector?

What are the main trends in the aviation sector?

Through the review of current official documentation at EU level skill-UP team identified the following long-term societal changes that are expected to shape the future of the aviation sector:

  • Global challenges: terrorism, extreme weather conditions and pandemics
  • Technological progress
  • Cyber security hazards
  • Environmental protection
Over the coming 30 years the global situation might evolve, and new challenges are expected.

Extreme weather events are expected to increase in both frequency and severity. Governments, municipalities and industries should be prepared to mitigate the effects that extreme weather conditions might have on communities and infrastructures [2].

The rapid urbanisation and mobility of people will increase the risk from infectious diseases, as sadly demonstrated by our current experience of the spread of coronavirus. Airports and airlines have proven to be highly impacted but still they may become a strategic asset supporting governments and public health institutions to detect, manage and contain infectious diseases.

Due to their strategic relevance, large public transport hubs like metro and railway stations, bus stations, airports and ports are considered a major potential target for terrorists. Terrorism will continue to be a major challenge for hubs, infrastructures and passengers.

Challenges for education and training

In order to cope with any major disruptions, in the upcoming years, it will be necessary to develop a safety and security mindset. New competences related with safety management and human factors will be needed to enhance safety and security. Guidelines, procedures and training courses for a proper “crisis management and response” will be required.

The need to raise a general awareness on crisis management culture will impact all employees at all level